Facebook reacts to Pakistan’s stance on blasphemous content

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ISLAMABAD – Facebook Inc. has agreed to send a delegation to Pakistan, in connection with the interior ministry said Thursday.

The development came up days after Pakistan government threatened to permanently block major social media websites if they refuse to cooperate in removing blasphemous content.

A spokesperson for the ministry said that Facebook has even nominated a focal person to contact Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

Vowing to block blasphemous content from all social media sites working in Pakistan, Nisar said, blasphemers will be dealt with an iron hand.

Talking to media after inaugurating citizen facilitation centre in Islamabad on Thursday, he said the culprits of blasphemy are enemies of humanity, RadioPakistan reported.

The Interior Minister said that government is making all out efforts to block blasphemous material on social media. He said eleven people who commented on such posts are being interrogated.He urged all Muslims countries to practice unity against sordid conspiracies against Islam as the matter of blasphemy hurts feelings of all Muslims.

The Facebook administration is of the opinion that dialogue regarding the issue would lead to the resolution of the issue.

Islamabad High Court (IHC) had ordered the government to block blasphemous content from the social media, directing authorities to put names of the blasphemers on the Exit Control List (ECL).

IHC Judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui said, “All of us have to collectively eliminate this evil. Even if we cannot stop this around the world, but in Pakistan, we can make sure that no one dares disrespect our sacred personalities of Islam.”


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